(Janesville, WI) Excerpts Courtesy of the Gazette
Over the last four years, Roosevelt Elementary School has successfully combined gardening, academics and student lunches into a single offering. The idea started with a group of teachers who built the four raised beds and allowed anyone who planted food to take it home. Now, it's folded into the curriculum at the school.
This year, the garden was the responsibility of the kindergarten classes and UW Extension agents visited the school to assist with delivering the farming / food educational programming.
Jim Degan, manager of food services for the district, said schools such as Roosevelt and Jackson elementary schools, which also have gardens, connect students to the food they eat. Degan said that Roosevelt students consume more than 2,000 meals each week. It's important for them to take ownership and get involved, he said.
According to Roosevelt Elementary School teacher Christina Campbell, serving at school the food grown by students was a goal from the beginning. "It's just a good age to get them started and to get them interested," Campbell said. "It gets them talking about healthier foods."